Effects of Moisture on Wear of Components Lubricated with Diesel Fuel.
Interim rept. May 96-Sep 97,
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TXTARDEC FUELS AND LUBRICANTS RESEARCH FACILITY
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The durability of some fuel injection systems on compression-ignition engines will be adversely affected by fuels of significantly low lubricity. Previous work has shown that fuel-lubricated wear is sensitive to the availability of moisture, particularly in severely refined fuels, which are designed to minimize exhaust emissions. The effects of moisture may be particularly relevant in a marine environment in which sea water is used as ballast in the fuel tanks. Traditional, less-refined fuels contain natural corrosion inhibitors that reduce oxidative wear, although alternate wear mechanisms may still affect long-term durability. However, no detailed study bas been performed to define the effects of water contamination and its relationship to fuel composition. Standardized laboratory-scale tests that show good correlation with wear in full-scale fuel injection systems for ground vehicles are available. In the present work, the standard procedures for the HFRR and BOCLESLBOCLE apparatus were modified to show the effects of both dissolved and emulsified water on fuel-lubricated wear. The results indicate that the lubricity of all but the most severely hydrotreated fuels are insensitive to contamination by either deionized or salt water. Moreover, the relatively short aeration period used in the ASTM D 5001 and D 6078 BOCLE test procedures has no measurable effect on water concentration in the test fuel sample.
- Lubricants and Hydraulic Fluids
- Reciprocating and Rotating Engines